Meet our New Executive Director, Kamil Khan!
I am delighted to join the team at Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility. Many of the issues that Oregon PSR focuses on are close to my heart.
Born in the capital of the nuclear-capable country of Pakistan, I was a young boy in 1998 when the Chagai nuclear tests were conducted underground as a response to India’s Pokhran test. With nationalism at an all-time high, I still remember countless celebrations in the streets at this development that would serve as a deterrent and ensure the survival of the Islamic Republic.
What those celebrations did not factor was the environmental and social costs of testing, maintaining, and expanding the nuclear arsenal. I firsthand saw the ramifications of a bloated military budget and the divestment from necessary social programs as a result. I was also privy to the lack of political stability and scapegoating of “enemy” countries; this nuclear flexing was a compounded abomination to the very real human suffering occurring on the daily.Read more
What are the Health Harms of Blended Hydrogen?
Hydrogen gas has now entered the conversation around energy in a major way. We are seeing blended hydrogen in particular popping up in spaces being touted as a green, sustainable and safe fuel with a lower carbon footprint by fossil fuel companies. So, is blended hydrogen a good alternative to “natural” gas? How does it compare to electrification?Read more
Victory in Eugene!
Victory in Eugene! On February 7th Eugene City Council voted 5-3 to phase out fossil fuels, like gas, in all new residential construction starting in June 2023. This is a massive step towards making our homes safer and moving towards a fossil free future.Read more
Introducing Hope Yamasaki, OregonPSR's Newest Board Member!
Oregon PSR is thrilled to welcome Hope Yamasaki as our newest board member. Hope has always been passionate about intersectionality, education, and the environment, and as a longtime Oregon resident, Hope has worked hard to address these topics in her community.Read more
Oregon PSR 2023 Legislative Priorities
As the Oregon legislature kicks off its 2023 session, Oregon PSR is supporting a number of bills to promote a healthy climate, environmental health, and racial justice that will make our state a healthier place to live. We are also opposing a few dangerous bills that would allow radioactive waste producing nuclear reactors and prohibit local action to replace methane gas with clean electricity. Bookmark this page for more information and opportunities for you to take action for a healthier Oregon as the session progresses.Read more
Take Action for Early Compassionate Medical Release
UPDATE: SB 520 is being heard on March 13th at 1pm by the Senate Committee on Health Services. Submit testimony today to SUPPORT SB 520!
Over the last few years, one of the many injustices that the COVID-19 pandemic has spotlighted is how prisons fail to protect the health of adults in custody. Crowded prisons with insufficient access to masks and hygiene infrastructure have caused Oregonians in prison to become sick and die from COVID-19.People with histories of incarceration are already in worse physical and mental health according to research by the U.S. Department for Health and Human Services.
Submit Testimony Here!Read more
Help us find our next Executive Director
I will be moving on from my role as Executive Director at Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) over the next few months. I plan to stay on through mid-March to help with a smooth leadership transition, and will be available to support the new Oregon PSR Executive Director. I am excited that this is a positive change for Oregon PSR and for me. I have served in this role for 13 years, and I think it is important for healthy organizations and for the movements we work in to welcome new leadership periodically.
Please help Oregon PSR find its next Executive Director by sharing this job announcement with your networks and especially with anyone who you think would have an interest in taking on this very rewarding position.
Oregon PSR is GuideStar Platinum
Oregon PSR has received a Platinum rating from Guidestar! As an organization we believe in establishing trust with our supporters and communities, and we know that transparency is an important aspect of building trust. That is why we have taken the time to share a bunch of information with everyone ranging from financial to demographic details. We hope you will check out our GuideStar page and share it with anyone who may be interested.Read more
A Just Transition to Zero Waste in Brooks, OR.
It was a good day for door knocking in Brooks, Oregon! Last month, I joined Clean Air Organizer Carina Perez in canvassing a neighborhood near the Covanta Marion incinerator. This door knocking effort is part of Oregon Physician for Social Responsibility’s Healthy Climate Program to engage people on health and air quality issues in their community.
Oregon PSR's Healthy Climate Program works towards a just transition to zero waste, and opposing the harmful and extractive systems of waste incineration. We have been active in opposing incineration of municipal and medical waste in Marion County, in opposing pyrolysis proposals in Tigard, and plasma gasification proposals in Arlington and other communities. We have also promoted expanding programs for waste prevention and reduction, reuse, recycling, composting, and community education.Read more
Why I joined Oregon PSR
Greetings, my name is Jesse Gasper Jr. I am the new Membership Manager at Oregon Physician for Social Responsibility (PSR). For the last 5 years, I’ve been observing Oregon PSR from afar. My interest started when Oregon PSR asked me to sign on to a bill in the Oregon legislature to support the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. As I learned more about the organization, I found out that Oregon PSR also focuses on Climate Change. Aha: a green light went off, and that’s when I knew I needed to be part of this organization.Read more